CAT Preparation Books

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the entrance exam that is to be given by the aspirants who want to go for an MBA (Master of Business Administration) or PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from a top reputed college or institute.

It is one of the toughest examinations and the competition is also very high due to the high number of students aspiring to get enrolled in reputed business schools to achieve their goals.

CAT is an online or computer-based test and consists of three sections namely Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR).

While preparing for the examination, going for the option of coaching classes is much recommended as they help in understanding the examination and the syllabus with their expertise. In case the aspirant is not able to go for regular coaching due to the busy schedule, he/she can also go for the online coaching course.

And if someone wants to go for self-preparation, he/ she needs to have some good study material and question sets so that they can practice and eventually improve themselves to solve CAT level questions easily.

It is recommended to get hold of the study material of any good coaching institute for CAT as their material is very well designed and keeps the needs of the students as the first priority.

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You can also get yourself enrolled in the test series provided by the CAT coaching classes. Keep solving as many mocks and questions as possible to achieve the speed and accuracy level required for the examination along with getting the conceptual clarity of every topic with the questions.

Reading extensively will give that extra edge to get over the reading and comprehension section in the examination.

With only three-four months remaining for the examination, it is time to roll up the sleeves and plan out a strategic CAT study plan.

But one must also be cautious in selecting the right books for CAT. When it comes to the best books for CAT preparation, there are some highly recommended authored materials for beginner and advanced level preparations.

A good book provides a good opportunity to learn, so here is a list of some good books:

Best books for CAT Quantitative Aptitude

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  1. How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma

This book has been a best seller for this segment and has become a ‘must-read’ book for this topic. Quantitative Aptitude is one of the most challenging topics for CAT examination and adopted a scientific and student-friendly approach of discussing the topic in his own inimitable style.

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  • Brilliant Content
  • More than 1000+ Questions
  • Best Self Study books for Aptitude
  • the standard problem-solution method
  • solutions are explained well mannered so it is easy to understand the concept.
  1. The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book has extensively updated chapters as per the recent examination pattern. New exercises with different difficulty levels along with alternate solutions have also been provided helping students in strengthening basic concepts, theoretical clarity, and building speed and accuracy for the examination.

  1. NCERT mathematics books (6-10)

If one needs to clear their basics and concepts, these books are the best way to start. But NCERT books are best to start the CAT Preparation with only if there is a lot of time before the exam date and one just needs to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems otherwise it is not recommended.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma

It is an extensive book for the students who are aspiring to go to the IIMs. It is the best book for people with as well as without mathematical background due to its lucid and tailor-made content revolving around CAT.

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Best books for CAT Verbal Ability

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  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book not only provides the students with an exhaustive resource for verbal ability but it also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem-solving techniques and approaches.

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma

For students who want to brush up their verbal and reading comprehension skills, this book is the best option available. This book covers three important topics for the examination namely reading comprehension, verbal ability, and verbal reasoning, and provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

  1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

It is not just a book to be read but a book to work with daily in order to enrich your vocabulary. This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. This book will ensure that you’re well prepared for WATs, GDs, and PIs.

  1. English Vocab Builder

If you want to improve your verbal ability, then the ultimate key is to read extensively and to read books from different genres.

This ensures good acquaintance and understanding of different writing styles and topics while going through the reading comprehension part of the paper during the examination.  Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

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Best books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  1. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal

This book helps to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It has been segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, the course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

  1. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

This book covers all the fundamental and advanced topics of the logical reasoning and data interpretation section. All the topics are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets, and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

The practice book for this section by Nishit Sinha is available separately. The practice book provides adequate practice and sharpens the skills for Data Interpretation and it is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, CMAT, etc.

  1. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

This book is published by Tata McGraw Hill and contains all the topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams.

This book explains each topic with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varying difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

  1. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

How to Choose Best  CAT Preparation Books

It covers all the necessary areas of Data and Data Sufficiency and also provides the students with the previous year’s questions, Model, and Sample test papers. It provides and emphasizes developing the calculation speed, accuracy and techniques to get an edge with DI.

This book is very helpful in learning and memorizing new vocab words as it uses scientific ways with the help of tricks and images. With every word, a trick and image are given so that it is very easy to learn and memorize new words in a short span of time.

 The students should also solve as many previous year question papers as possible as it will ensure their familiarity with the kind of questions asked in the examination.

For this students can consider a book named Previous Years’ Solved CAT Paper. The papers here can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

Besides the books named above, there are plenty of other books as well for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.

You can go through the list and choose the best book for you as per your level of preparation. We hope that this list will help you in some way.

 There are several books available for the same exam and the best is still unknown to the majority of students. Generally, students look for the best book which contains all the relevant topics and complete syllabus.

The purpose of the CAT is not only to gain high aptitude skills but also to perform excellently in the MBA course.

IIMs are the best government colleges in India which provide some opportunities and tie-ups from companies. An aspiring student always looks for the best books for CAT preparation.

The top books are written by some MBA experts only. The majority of the syllabus and questions are covered in these books.

Moreover, one can also deal with some of the best skills including vocabulary while preparing for CAT. So, with the help of good books, it always becomes easy to prepare for any tuff exam. 

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Things to remember before choosing the CAT preparation books

Well, it is good to keep some points in mind before actually going to the conclusion.

Here are some of the relevant points,

  • The first major point is the actual concern about the CAT exam. Make up your mind before going for the same. If anyone is doing it forcefully or under someone’s pressure then the result cannot be positive. So, make up the mind and then look forward to the subjects/books.

  • Most of the students prefer choosing a guide for regular studies. This is wrong when someone is preparing for such a big exam like CAT. The guide is only going to provide you with some basic topics and easy questions but the recommended books include complete exposure of the subject in detail. So, the choice should be made for some detailed books only.

  • Before applying for any CAT books, put your main focus on the Vocabulary and English grammar part. English seems to be the core subject for CAT and it should be learned from the heart. The high-level English can be mastered by reading the newspaper and watching educational English videos. It is best to buy books after having a good command of English otherwise the book will go in vain.

  • The selection of time is very important for any aspiring student. The books should be only bought after making up the mind on how to invest time in these books. If the proper selection is not made then the books will get rot and nothing is going to happen. For e.g: Try to invest about 2 hours on a single subject daily. These overall time criteria will help the student to perform well with the books.

  • Make sure that the books are written by top writers only. These top writers are generally MBA experts from IIMs. The books from old writers are also very famous nowadays which can be bought both online and offline stores.

How to prepare for CAT?

The preparation for CAT is generally on a time basis. The selection criteria play a major role in deciding the rank. First of all, buy the best books for CAT preparation which are available everywhere in the country.

Then look for the time you can devote to each subject after having these books. Consistency is also needed while preparing and so it is recommended to keep consistency while preparing for the exam.

Try to devote an average of 6 hours daily. Also, one should remain in touch with the latest pattern and syllabus of the exam.


Almost 45% of the graduate students go for the CAT exam and only 15% of them get a proper seat in IIM. The rise in competition is again putting new pressure on the mind of students. At the same time, it requires dedication and focuses on the exam.

It is all about hard and smart work for getting into the top colleges for MBA. So, prepare with regular days and also look for some coaching centers which can help you out in the preparation.

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Sourav Pathak

A Guy Without a "Title". Good friends, Good Books, and a Sleepy Conscience: That Sums of My life.

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